2022 Incentive Grant Recipient: Ranelle Coffman, PharmD
Project Proposal: Evaluation of Social Determinants of Health and Barriers to Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Medications in a Large Community Pharmacy Chain
Ranelle Coffman, PharmD, currently serves as the PGY2 Community-Based Pharmacy Administration Resident at Kroger Health/University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
"By addressing social determinants of health during medication adherence encounters, community pharmacists can strengthen their approach to increase adherence and connect patients with social resources."
Community pharmacies are an ideal setting to focus on the five domains of social determinants of health (SDoH) with the opportunity to reach more patients as pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals. Many patients build trusting relationships with the pharmacy staff, opening the door for further communication about their healthcare needs. The need to incorporate SDoH assessments in community pharmacies is evident by the lack of information surrounding this issue and the need to continue to improve patients’ access to care.
"I am honored to be an Incentive Grant recipient and I am excited for the opportunity to continue researching medication adherence. By identifying patient-specific barriers to medication adherence through SDoH assessments, pharmacists have an opportunity to enhance patient outcomes and improve medication adherence. "